The 'library of the future' has opened in Ballentine - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

The 'library of the future' has opened in Ballentine

(Source: Sam Bleiweis/Twitter) (Source: Sam Bleiweis/Twitter)
BALLENTINE, SC (WIS) -

The library of the future is right here in Richland County.

The Richland Library held a ribbon cutting for its newest location in Ballentine on Tuesday. The site is located on Dutch Fork Road. A crowd gathered for the ribbon cutting before exploring the new spaces inside.

New spaces include a “Makerspace” for arts and crafts, meeting spaces for neighbors and coworkers to gather and a kids’ loft for play and reading time.

"Libraries used to be...you'd go in and it'd be real quiet, you get your book and go sit in the corner,” Beverly Bouknight said. “That was it, that was all it was... it wasn't very much fun."

Bouknight spent her time in the Makerspace creating beaded jewelry. Bouknight says the old location in Ballentine was a quarter of the size, and the new space offers endless opportunities.

"I mean that's not normally what you'd see in a library, but, you've got your books here, you've got your teaching elements here," Bouknight said. "This is the place to be."

The Ballentine site is the second Richland Library location to open in 2017 after the Sandhills location opened in February.

Through funds allocated by the new Richland County 2017-2018 fiscal year budget, the library is planning for a new building in the Edgewood area of Columbia.

Details on that location will be released late this summer or early in the fall. For now, Richland Library employees continue to cater to the needs of specific communities. In Ballentine, they say it’s all about embracing nature.

"We really think of this almost as 'Camp Ballentine,' said Melanie Huggins, Executive Director of the Richland Library. “It's almost like a camp for adults and kids alike."

For events and locations, visit: http://www.richlandlibrary.com/

Copyright 2017 WIS. All rights reserved. 

  • South Carolina news on WIStv.comNEWSMore>>

  • The Latest: Close call in men's Olympic curling final

    The Latest: Close call in men's Olympic curling final

    Friday, February 23 2018 8:14 PM EST2018-02-24 01:14:57 GMT
    Saturday, February 24 2018 2:56 AM EST2018-02-24 07:56:14 GMT
    (AP Photo/Michael Sohn). Driver Nadezhda Sergeeva and Anastasia Kocherzhova of the Olympic Athletes of Russia take a curve in their third heat during the women's two-man bobsled final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, ...(AP Photo/Michael Sohn). Driver Nadezhda Sergeeva and Anastasia Kocherzhova of the Olympic Athletes of Russia take a curve in their third heat during the women's two-man bobsled final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, ...

    The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation says it isn't commenting yet on an alleged anti-doping rule violation by Russian women's bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva.

    More >>

    The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation says it isn't commenting yet on an alleged anti-doping rule violation by Russian women's bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva.

    More >>
  • The Latest: Official: 18 soldiers killed in west Afghanistan

    The Latest: Official: 18 soldiers killed in west Afghanistan

    Saturday, February 24 2018 1:15 AM EST2018-02-24 06:15:26 GMT
    Saturday, February 24 2018 2:37 AM EST2018-02-24 07:37:05 GMT
    (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini). Security forces inspect the site of a suicide bombing in the diplomatic area of capital Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.  Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said several people were wounded in Saturday's a...(AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini). Security forces inspect the site of a suicide bombing in the diplomatic area of capital Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said several people were wounded in Saturday's a...

    Afghan official says at least three security personnel have been killed in separate suicide bombing attacks in southern Helmand province.

    More >>

    Afghan official says at least three security personnel have been killed in separate suicide bombing attacks in southern Helmand province.

    More >>
  • Emoluments suit vs. Trump now personal as well as official

    Emoluments suit vs. Trump now personal as well as official

    Saturday, February 24 2018 12:45 AM EST2018-02-24 05:45:34 GMT
    Saturday, February 24 2018 1:55 AM EST2018-02-24 06:55:50 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). In this Feb. 20, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia on Feb. 23, expanded their lawsuit accusing Trump of accept...(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). In this Feb. 20, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia on Feb. 23, expanded their lawsuit accusing Trump of accept...

    AGs of Maryland, DC expand emoluments lawsuit against Trump, suing him not only as president but in his personal capacity as a businessman.

    More >>

    AGs of Maryland, DC expand emoluments lawsuit against Trump, suing him not only as president but in his personal capacity as a businessman.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly